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One Last Thing

Alan H. Litwin has been deeply engaged in the business community, as well as his religious community. But his commitment to his company stands out even more, highlighted by KLR having been named a Best Place To Work for all 12 years PBN has sponsored the program. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

You don’t have to look far for innovative ideas

Alan H. Litwin | Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co. Ltd. managing directorThomas Edison once said, “There’s a way to do it better … find...

Stuart R. Benton has been CEO and president of Bradford Soap Works for a year and a half, following a stint as chief financial officer for more than five years. He started his career as a certified public accountant. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

A passionate approach yields results and no regrets

Stuart R. Benton | The Original Bradford Soap Works Inc. CEO and presidentI grew up in Bangor, Maine, where sports played a big part...

Management is a service job

Dr. Louis B. Rice | University Medicine Foundation CEO, ­president and physician-in-chiefLeading a group of physicians is a complex endeavor that requires honesty and...
A bout with cancer strengthened Rhode Island Quality Institute President and CEO Laura Adams’ belief in a statewide health-information exchange and provided her a roadmap 
for how to improve it. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Insight can come in unexpected ways

Laura Adams | Rhode Island Quality Institute president & CEO“I’m sorry, it’s cancer.” I felt shock and dread. That’s impossible – I’m so healthy!...
Under David Beauchesne’s leadership, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School is seeing 
audience and enrollment growth, as well as deeper reach into the community. He earned bachelor of music and master of music in music education 
degrees from the Eastman School. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Knowing your community drives programs that speak to it

David Beauchesne | Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School executive directorI grew up in a paper-mill town of about 15,000 in British Columbia....
David M. Bodah has raised millions of dollars over the years for worthwhile charities across the state. He holds an MBA, is a certified fundraising executive and is a past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Rhode Island. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Giving is good for business but better for people

David M. Bodah | American Heart Association Southern New England executive directorOver the course of my career, I have witnessed a professionalization of the...

Managing in an ecosystem of stress

Todd Knapp | Envision Technology Advisors LLC CEOSince humans took their first steps, life has been complicated, but never more than today. In the...
As a 22-year-old Brown University undergraduate, Dan Aziz had an idea for a maternity wellness company. His idea won the student track for the 2011 Rhode Island Business Plan Competition. And in the last two years Premama has raised more than $4.5 million in Series A and B financing. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Think of your company as your baby and plan accordingly

Dan Aziz | Premama founder and presidentStarting a company is a lot like having a child … I think. There is a lot of...

Success comes from using latest technology to solve old problem

Ilya Reikhrud | Gulpfish Inc., founder and CEOWith life’s many chapters, business has its own story. The success of ­Gulpfish is the direct result...

Through Mobile Beacon, Katherine Messier and the nonprofit’s staff have provided mobile internet access to hundreds of nonprofits and to tens of thousands of underserved individuals, a mission that has turned out to be much more far-reaching than she imagined in 2010 when it was founded. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

A tightly focused mission can produce much broader effects

Katherine Messier | Mobile Beacon founder and executive ­directorSeven years ago, I founded Mobile Beacon to help nonprofit organizations maximize their impact with the...
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